I was on vacation during this week and since it was the week of the fourth, Dean only had one session with his Speech therapist. His OT cancelled, because she was on vacation. He only sees his OT once a week, so maybe this upcoming week she will want to book a second session as a makeup for last week. I am a fan of making up sessions, but I also understand if you are booked and don’t have the time to do so. With ABA, if they have cancellations that fit into Dean’s schedule, they will text for permission to come over. That is one of the reasons that I look forward to saying goodbye to EI, they don’t act like my time is worth anything. They cancel at the last minute all the time. I could have planned my day differently if I would have known an hour ago that you are cancelling or will be late. Occasionally, cancelling at the last minute is human. Habitually is disrespectful.
7/2/18 – Speech
Dean “hello”, “I do”, “all done”, “hi” (new), whispers to himself (like practicing). Dean was seen at home with his family. He was in a very good mood. He vocalized when looking at books. Once seated he did 9 beads independently. He said “all done” when I used hand over hand.
- Continue to model words with actions.
I don’t want this post to be a downer, but I don’t see his speech therapist really doing anything to elicit speech. She isn’t doing word flashcards, which is what ABA does to help him with his speech and vocabulary. I guess, now that I know ABA and I have seen so much progress with them, that I am just ready for him to graduate from Early Intervention. I am not saying that the service is bad. It was great when he had nothing and they helped us connect with his current ABA. Plus, ABA doesn’t start until 2, so there was that. I learned a lot with the almost year that I’ve been with EI. I just prefer the professionalism and teachings of ABA.